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Summary

  1. There are 100 days to go until the General Election on 7 May
  2. David Cameron says Conservatives will cut benefits cap and use money saved to boost apprenticeships
  3. Ed Miliband sets out Labour's 10 year plan for NHS including longer home visits from social care workers
  4. David Cameron tells BBC Breakfast he will do TV debates if Northern Ireland parties are included....
  5. ...but he later tells BBC Radio 2's Jeremy Vine he wants them all held before the election campaign begins
  6. Rolling coverage from the BBC's political team - beginning with Today and Breakfast through to Newsnight
  7. Listen to Today, 5Live, The World at One, PM and Today in Parliament by selecting the 'Live Coverage' tab
  8. Watch Breakfast, the BBC News Channel, Daily Politics, BBC Parliament, Newsnight by clicking on the 'Live Coverage' tab
  9. You can see the pick of the day's output by selecting the 'Key Video' tab

Live Reporting

By Vanessa Barford, Adam Donald and Angela Harrison

All times stated are UK

Good night

That's all from us for today - the day which marked 100 days until the general election and saw the NHS and the economy high on the political agenda. Political leaders set aside their differences to commemorate the liberation 70 years ago of the Nazi death camp at Auschwitz in Poland. Prime Minister David Cameron, Labour leader Ed Miliband and the Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg met survivors of the Holocaust at an event in London. We will be back at 0600 to follow the story of the general election - including this week's Prime Minister's Questions.

Poll tracker

The polls will be coming thick and fast in the coming months - keep up to date with

the BBC's new interactive poll tracker, which lets you see the results of polls conducted by a range of organisations.

The tracker also includes a timeline of key events, so you can see how public opinion might have shifted at important junctures in the past five years.

Key dates

The parties have been ramping up their campaigns - with 100 days until people go to the polls. The BBC's Jo Coburn highlights some

key dates between now and then.

Fracking rebel

Tessa Munt
Press Association

Lib Dem MP Tessa Munt says it was "with regret" that she resigned as a parliamentary aide to Business Secretary Vince Cable - but she was unwilling to compromise her opposition to fracking and voted against the government yesterday. The MP, whose constituency is in Somerset, said she would "continue to campaign vocally against fracking".

Tomorrow's papers

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BBC News

UK

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Tomorrow's Times front page
The Times

Tomorrow's papers

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BBC News

UK

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Tomorrow's Mail front page
Daily Mail

Today in Parliament, 23:30

BBC Radio 4

Palace of Westminster
BBC

Join the BBC's Today in Parliament team tonight at 23:30 on Radio 4 for the highlights from the Palace of Westminster today.

On the programme: George Osborne and Ed Balls clash at Treasury questions; Ian Paisley Jr. asks for clarification on the On The Runs scheme; and the Scottish Affairs committee asks witnesses why City Link went into administration.

'Alien ideology'

Andy Burnham and Kirsty Wark on Newsnight
BBC

Andy Burnham tells Kirsty Wark on BBC Newsnight: "The Health and Social Care Act 2012 - the coalition's reform that nobody gave them permission to bring forward - has put an alien ideology at the heart of the NHS."

Tomorrow's papers

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BBC News

UK

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Tomorrow's Guardian
Guardian

NHS out-sourcing

Andy Burnham
BBC

On BBC Newsnight, Shadow Health Secretary Andy Burnham is being pressed to say how much out-sourcing of NHS care Labour would like to see. He says "there isn't a right percentage"; that there is a "supporting role" for the private and voluntary sectors, but the preferred provider is the NHS.

Tomorrow's papers

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BBC News

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Tomorrow's FT
FT

Tomorrow's papers

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Neil Henderson

BBC News

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Tomorrow's Telegraph
Daily Telegraph

100 days

Ballot box
PA

A quick recap - with 100 days to the election, Labour and the Conservative Party have set out their stalls. Ed Miliband gave a speech in Manchester on Labour's "10-year plan" for the NHS - which pledges new checks to identify people at risk of needing a hospital stay and the recruitment of 5,000 new home carers. Meanwhile, David Cameron outlined plans to cut the benefits cap - from £26,000 to £23,000 - to pay for more apprenticeships. In an online advert, the Liberal Democrats suggested without them, the two main parties would either take Britain down a path of "harsher cuts" or "reckless borrowing".

BBC Newsnight, BBC Two, 22:30

Evan Davis and Newsnight background
BBC

Tonight on

@BBCNewsnight: Labour's shadow health secretary Andy Burnham, Holocaust Memorial Day, the fall-out from the Greek elections and continuing hostilities in Ukraine.

United Kingdom?

The Daily Telegraph

British flags
AFP/Getty Images

Iain Martin at the Daily Telegraph

writes that the Conservatives would "be crazy" not to campaign on a theme of Scotland potentially "stitching up" England in May - with the SNP propping up a new Labour government.

Green supporters

Natalie Bennett campaigning with Green supporters
European Photopress Agency

The Green Party says membership in England and Wales passed the 50,000 mark this morning. The party leader Natalie Bennett says today is a day of opportunity: "It marks the start of a countdown to one of the most competitive and unpredictable elections in living memory."

Caught out

BBC Sport

Stuart Broad
AFP/Getty Images

England fast bowler Stuart Broad has apologised after making comments about the UK minimum wage on Twitter. The 28-year-old tweeted: "I've heard if you earn minimum wage in England you're in the top 10% earners in the world. #stay #humble."

Broad, who is in Australia on England duty, deleted the message after angry replies from some Twitter users. He then posted: "No offence meant and sorry if any taken. The hashtag was aimed at myself."

Read the full story at BBC Sport.

Green economics

The Guardian

Natalie Bennett
BBC

The Guardian

reports that the leading advocate of the Green Party's flagship economic policy of a £72 a week "citizen's income" - the Citizen's Income Trust - has acknowledged introducing the scheme "would mean 35.15% of households would be losers, with many of the biggest losers among the poorest households".

Strike suspended

Unison flags
Press Association

Unison

has suspended a planned strike for its NHS members in England which was scheduled for 29 January.

Cable aide quits

Tessa Munt
Press Association

The Press Association is reporting that a Liberal Democrat MP has quit as parliamentary aide to Business Secretary Vince Cable after voting against the government on fracking. Tessa Munt, the MP for Wells, at first said she planned to stay in her role, despite backing a rebel amendment calling for a suspension of fracking.

Economic inequality

The Guardian

Ed Miliband and Ed Balls
Press Association

The Guardian's political columnist Rafael Behr

argues that Ed Miliband has not provided a successful plan to deal with economic inequality - "and neither global capitalism nor the general election are going to wait for him".

TV debates

ITV News

A ComRes poll for ITV News suggests 64% of voters think the TV debates should go ahead - even if the Prime Minister refuses to take part. David Cameron says more smaller parties should be involved. 2,000 people were interviewed for the poll over the weekend.

Fracking rebel

A Liberal Democrat MP has kept her job as parliamentary aide to Business Secretary Vince Cable, despite defying the party whips and voting against the government in yesterday's Commons vote on fracking, reports Gavin Cordon of the Press Association.

Tessa Munt, the MP for Wells, said she voted for a rebel amendment calling for a moratorium on the controversial extraction technique "on principle".

Gavin Corden writes: "As a parliamentary private secretary, she could normally be expected to resign - or face the sack - for voting against the government in breach of ministerial collective responsibility."

University tuition fees

@ftwestminster

tweets: Universities warn Labour on fee cut plan http://on.ft.com/1zUJJ3F

White Dee's voting intentions

LBC

'White Dee', Deirdre Kelly
BBC

A star of Channel 4's Benefits Street, White Dee (a.k.a. Deirdre Kelly), has told LBC's Iain Dale she will be voting Labour in the general election because of her support for a local Labour activist, Sharon Thompson.

"She just seems so in touch with the issues of the real people and she's the only one that seems to be talking sense round here at the moment," said Ms Kelly.

Vicki Young, BBC News chief political correspondent

@VickiYoung01

tweets: Excitement mounting in the office in anticipation of @BBCJLandale appearance on The One Show - he'll be doing impersonations...

Mehdi Hasan, Huffington Post UK political director

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tweets: According to ComRes, majority of public want Cameron to be PM but majority of then want Labour to get a majority. Gotta love the public (!)

Electioneering

James Landale

Deputy Political Editor, BBC News

The BBC's deputy political editor James Landale says that with 100 days to go, the parties have been

trying to establish the question that will be in the minds of voters when they finally go to the polls on 7 May. The Conservatives want the focus to be on the economy, while Labour want it to be on the NHS. The Liberal Democrats, meanwhile, want people to think neither of the two main parties can be trusted with a majority government.

ComRes poll

ITV News

10 Downing Street
BBC

A new ComRes poll conducted for ITV News suggests that, in a direct head-to-head, 55% of voters would prefer David Cameron as prime minister after the election, with 45% opting for Ed Miliband.

The poll also suggests that Labour is the party people trust most with the NHS, while UKIP is the party most trusted to control immigration.

A full breakdown of the results can be found

here.

Coalition or minority government?

Channel 4

Gary Gibbon, political editor of Channel 4 News,

advises against automatically assuming that a party which wins the most seats in May - but is without a majority - would prefer a coalition to a confidence-and-supply arrangement.

Remembering the Holocaust

Philip Hammond
BBC

Honouring Holocaust Memorial Day today, Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond tells BBC News that there "clearly has been a rise in anti-Semitic activity across Europe and beyond, and we are absolutely determined to stamp that out".

He said that education was the key to preventing anti-Semitism, but that if the government reads "the danger signs", it "should act quickly, swiftly and decisively" to make sure such opinions don't take root.

Packing rebellion? - update

The Daily Telegraph

Christopher Hope, the Daily Telegraph's senior political correspondent,

reveals that the number of Conservative MPs likely to rebel in a vote over the government's plans to introduce plain packaging on cigarettes is close to 100. He claims the Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has attempted to justify the measure to fellow Conservatives by saying "we were under pressure from Labour to do it".

TV debate row

Sinn Fein leadership
Associated Press

Sinn Fein says it is consulting lawyers over the plans for general election TV debates that do not include the party, the BBC's Chris Buckler reports. The Democratic Unionist Party has already said it will consider legal action if the broadcasters do not change their proposals to include the DUP.

Sinn Fein currently has five Members of Parliament, who in accordance with party's abstentionist policy do not take their seats in the House of Commons.

Afghanistan

Jonathan Beale

Defence correspondent, BBC News

British military vehicles
MOD/Crown Copyright

David Cameron is expected to announce plans to hold a service to mark the end of combat operations in Afghanistan and to recognise the contribution of all those who served there. The prime minister is expected to give details of the memorial and thanksgiving service tomorrow. The BBC understands the service will be held at St Paul's Cathedral in March.

Post-election scenarios

Carole Walker

Political correspondent, BBC News

David Cameron, Ed Miliband and Nick Clegg
Getty Images

Cabinet Secretary Sir Jeremy Heywood has denied civil servants are gaming post-election scenarios, but he told the Public Administration Committee they were preparing for several possible outcomes of the general election.

He said he had called in his predecessor Gus O'Donnell to talk to permanent secretaries about the last election and civil servants were preparing for possible scenarios by making sure they understood the parties' manifestos and priorities.

He said the civil service role in coalition negotiations would be very small. It would stay out of any coalition discussions but would be on hand to answer questions or provide logistical support.

Health strike

Within the past few minutes, the biggest health union, Unison, has suspended plans for a twelve-hour strike in England on Thursday. The Royal College of Midwives has also confirmed it will suspend a walkout over pay.

Fracking fallout

Caroline Lucas
Reuters
Caroline Lucas voted - in vain - for a moratorium on fracking

Yesterday the House of Commons overwhelmingly rejected a moratorium on fracking, by 308 votes to 52, with most Labour MPs abstaining. You can find a list of those MPs who voted in favour of a moratorium

here.

Vicki Young, BBC chief political correspondent

@VickiYoung01

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